National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix
Agriculture is everywhere! From the time we wake up in the morning until we end our day at night, we have encountered agriculture through the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the fuel we use for transportation. Ag Today is a great reading supplement for upper elementary students to learn about agriculture. The six issues touch on the six themes of the National Agricultural Literacy Outcomes that can be integrated into science, social studies, and language arts curriculum. Each reader provides real-world connections to STEM and makes learning relevant for students in becoming agriculturally literate.
Review the following descriptions to learn more about each issue of Ag Today!
Issue 1: Agriculture is Everywhere!
Describes the connections humans make daily with agriculture from business and science to the practices of growing and selling row crops and animals to be used for food, fiber, and fuel.
Issue 2: Food, Keeping us Fueled for an Active Lifestyle!
Learn about the healthy and tasty food that farmers grow to help humans maintain a healthy diet. Follow the process from farm to plate and learn about serving sizes, food safety, and USDA's MyPlate.
Issue 3: Our Invaluable Natural Resources
Read and understand the story of how plants and animals raised on farms depend on natural resources to live such as the sun, soil, water, and air. Learn methods farmers use to protect and preserve these natural resources while still providing the food, fiber, and fuel we need to live.
Issue 4: Agriculture in Society
Describe how agriculture plays a significant role in different geographic areas such as small towns, large cities, and local, state, and federal government. It also places a focus on where food comes from and why different foods are grown in different states.
Issue 5: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Can Sustainably Feed the World!
Learn the term sustainability and what that means to farmers who need to produce 60% more food with the same amount of land in order to feed a growing world population. Students will learn what byproducts are and how they are used, how food packaging has decreased waste, and how farmers use technology such as various tools, robots, and hand-held devices to improve their efficiency.
Issue 6: Plants & Animals...Providing Food, Fiber, and Energy!
Explore the facts about renewable and non-renewable resources that make different byproducts humans need for survival. Learn how agriculture provides energy through biofuels and hydropower, fiber through cotton and wool, and various food products from plants and animals that have been improved through biotechnology and crossbreeding.
National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization
Lessons Associated with this Resource
- A Day Without Dairy
- Apple Science: Comparing Apples and Onions
- Caring for the Land
- Corn an A-maizing Plant: Food, Fuel, and Plastic
- Cowabunga! All About Dairy Breeds
- FoodMASTER: Meal Management
- Fortified for Health
- From Chicken Little to Chicken Big (Grades 3-5)
- From Soybeans to Car Parts
- Give Me Five!
- How Much Is Dirt Worth? (Grades 3-5)
- Hunger and Malnutrition (Grades 3-5)
- It's a MOO-stery! (3-5)
- Machines and People
- Machines in Agriculture
- Making Half MyPlate Fruits and Vegetables
- More Than One Grain of Rice (Grades 3-5)
- My Farm Web (Grades 3-5)
- Plant Growth Affects the Soil (Grades 3-5)
- Plants Around You (Grades 3-5)
- Powerful Potato
- Source Search (Grades 3-5)
- The Columbian Exchange of Old and New World Foods (Grade 5)
- The Farmer Grows a Rainbow: "Four" Goodness' Sake
- The Farmer Grows a Rainbow: High Five Burger
- The Farmer Grows a Rainbow: Three Reasons
- Three Sisters Garden
- Understanding MyPlate (Grades 3-5)
- What Land Works Best?
- What's on MyPlate? (Grades 3-5)
- Where Does It Come From?